It’s finally here, Apple’s latest version of the MacBook Pro. Revealed at this year’s WWDC 2017 keynote, the new MacBook Pro models aim to address the mixed response to the models launched late last year.
The new MacBook Pro models use new hardware, namely the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors. 50% faster SSDs and stronger native graphics inside.
Getting right into it, here’s everything you need to know regarding the newly-debuted 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro for 2017.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The new MacBook Pro’s successor
- When is it out? All models start shipping today
- What will it cost? 13-inch starting at $1,299; 15-inch starting at $2,399
MacBook Pro 2017 release date
A report out of Bloomberg last month quoted sources “familiar with the matter” stating that Apple plans to debut three different MacBooks during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote held on June 5, 2017.
Now, we know for certain that the new MacBook Pro models are shipping today, no pre-order needed.
After you’ve pre-ordered, you can expect to receive your shiny new MacBook Pro likely within two weeks. We’ll update this space once we learn more.
MacBook Pro 2017 price
In the lead up to their reveal, we said it would be safe to expect the next line of MacBook Pro models to start at $1,499, £1,449 or AU$2,199 – starting with the lowest-power, non-Touch 13-inch model – and top out around $2,799, £2.699 or AU$4,249 for the highest-end, 15-inch model with Touch Bar.
Now that the announcement has come and gone, we now know that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will, shockingly, start at $1,299 without the Touch Bar, while the 15-inch version will start at $2,399 – still with the Touch Bar.
With that in mind, penny pinchers would be wise to look after remaining 2016 MacBook Pro stock to see a price reduction in short order. Given Apple’s 15.4% increase in overall notebook sales in Q1 2017, a price drop on old models would be a smart (and expected) move for Apple.
MacBook Pro 2017 specs
Probably the biggest point of discussion regarding the new MacBook Pro was what Apple would place inside. It was one of the most divisive points surrounding the previous range of MacBook Pro models.
The current line of MacBook Pro’s has been criticized for its low RAM, or memory, threshold of 16GB as well as its use of “dated” 6th generation (Skylake) Intel Core i-series processors.
Naturally, the new MacBook Pro will contain both the latest, 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i-series chips as well as room for up to 32GB of RAM.
Also, Apple teased that the 15-inch options will house stronger discrete graphics, though the firm wasn’t specific on-stage. We’ll update this space once we learn more.